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Dolphins also getting Bret Bielema as part of Brian Flores hiring?

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We already know that the Miami Dolphins are having to wait for their apparent Top Choice, Patriots defensive assistant Brian Flores, to take over as their head coach. This is because New England is still alive playing in the AFC Championship game this coming weekend in Kansas City.

A new wrinkle that is out there is that former College head coach Bret Bielema, who’s currently in a Consulting role with the Patriots, maybe part of the deal.

This juicy tidbit was first floated by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald and item over the weekend:

Bielema who was last the head coach at the University of Arkansas but was also a highly successful Big Ten coach at Wisconsin, has been part of the Patriots staff this season.

Bielema has been helping Flores on the defensive side of the ball in part, because that’s a big part of his college background. He was a defensive lineman at the University of Iowa in the early 1990s and later became a defensive coordinator at Kansas State and then, at Wisconsin.

Bielema assumed the Badgers head coaching job in 2006 winning 68 games in seven seasons and going to the Rose Bowl three years in a row. However, he left very brazenly in 2013 to take an SEC job with the Razorbacks, but promptly bottomed out with a 3-9 record and 0-8 in his first year in the conference.

Bielema only had slight improvement with three winning seasons in his five years but most importantly, just an 11 – 29 SEC record got him fired in 2017.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick brought Bielema onto his staff to help with their college player evaluation for the 2018 draft and described his role further as “a defensive assistant” last August.

Flores has been an assistant for the last eleven years under Belichick, and apparently, wowed Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and GM Chris Grier in their face to face interview.

As we have written about, the challenge currently is: Flores cannot be officially hired, and a frenzy of assistant coaches and coordinators are being hired by teams that already officially have their coach.

Media reports in both South Florida and New England say that Flores was trying to secure Baltimore offensive assistant Greg Roman to be his offensive coordinator. And, that’s why the Ravens moved quickly to elevate Roman to the same title and block him from leaving for Miami.

Bielema was also known for a system of offense at Wisconsin and Arkansas that featured massive offensive lineman and a power running game.

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